Welcome,All the different opinions and experiences, even the biased ones, make this forum great. Ultimately I need to spend more time behind each of those pairs and let my eyes decide. The level of importance I put on that FOV is really what I have been struggling with. That initial impression I got through the Noctovids was something I will not forget for a while.
Re that first impression thing.. Twice now Ive been trying out... NL 832 vs SF 832 at a dealer. The first time, (and inexplicably, the 2nd), as it happens I had just come from birding and had my 1042ELs in tow. I put the SFs to my face first and was looking at a Goldfinch encrusted bird feeder about 20' away. I was blown away how good it looked. To check that impression, I then put my own EL1042s up and the initial impression wasnt so good... till I realized by dumb luck the SFs were already focused on the bird feeder, my Els were not. A little tweak and OH yes, I just saved myself a couple thousand bucks... well maybe! Noticing this and paying attention as it seems you did, things settle in, and the differences appear. Ultimately, there were things I liked about the NLs better than the SFs - the point of the exercise. I also confirmed I like 10X better than 8s. You NEED to check out those 12s!